Councilman wants to take a chance on 50-50 drawing for Philly schools

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 Councilmen Jim Kenney and Bobby Henon (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Councilmen Jim Kenney and Bobby Henon (Tom MacDonald/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s public schools would have some good luck for a change if a city councilman’s plan for a new lottery game comes to pass. 

Councilman Jim Kenney said he got the idea of a 50-50 type drawing after seeing the Flyers generate an average of $42,000 a game for their charities.

“I think that if we had a once a month drawing with a four-digit number, sold in Philadelphia County only, half goes to the ticketholder only half goes to the schools, we’d have a potential income for the district,” Kenney said. “Our estimates are about $15 million a year.”

Generating more than $1 million a month would not solve the school district’s financial needs, but the extra money could save an art program or maybe some school sports, he reasoned.

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“It’s been difficult in Harrisburg to have anybody talk about raising revenues from any other means,” Kenney said. “It’s a bit of a longshot but certainly it’s an idea that’s doable.”

The game would require state approval and Kenney says he could envision it being run by the Pennsylvania Lottery … for a fee of course.

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